Summer shows to binge-watch this weekend
I've always found summertime television to be seriously disappointing. Ever since the end of my all-time favorites True Blood and Entourage, I've struggled to find shows that I could get into without resorting to whatever iteration of the Kardashians is currently on TV. But I'm here to tell you that summer TV is back, and there are a few of my entertainment finds for you to binge-watch before the end of August.
New this year:
TNT's Animal Kingdom chronicles the life of Southern California teenager Joshua "J" Cody after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. With nowhere to go, J turns to his estranged grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, from whom his mother tried to shield him. He soon learns the reason for this – Smurf, her right-hand man Baz (played by Scott Speedman, the crush-worthy Ben from another old favorite Felicity), and Smurf's three sons support themselves through a life of carefully planned crimes. I've gotten through 8/10 episodes, and every one of them has kept me on the edge of my seat.
Speaking of being on the edge of my seat, HBO's The Night Of might be the most anxiety-inducing show that I have ever seen. A story about a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones begins innocently for Pakistani-American college student Nasir "Naz" Khan. But it quickly takes a turn for the horrific after Naz meets a mysterious and beautiful young woman.
Showtime's Roadies, on the other hand, is a nice break from these darker shows. This comedy series created by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), provides an insider's look at the lives of some of the roadies for the fictional Staton-House Band. Each episode sees the roadies prep for a show in a different city, and features some great music. Thanks to Roadies, I'm newly obsessed with singer/songwriter Halsey (listen to "Ghost" right now).
Not as new favorites:
Lifetime's UnREAL just wrapped its second season. The first season is available on Hulu, and the second is available on the Lifetime app. UnREAL chronicles the manipulation and drama that takes place behind-the-scenes on fictional dating show Everlasting. I don't watch reality TV, much less dating shows, but UnREAL is completely addictive.
Currently in its third season, Starz's Power features James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who lives a double life as a drug kingpin. He struggles to balance these two lives, and the balance topples when he realizes he wants to leave the drug ring in order to support his legitimate business. All of this is further complicated when AUSA Angela Valdez, his high school sweetheart, comes back into his life.
USA's Suits has been around for a while (it's on its sixth season), but is still one of my favorites. I won't give too much away in case you've never seen it, but the focal point of the show follows super smart college dropout Mike Ross, who is hired as an associate by big-shot lawyer Harvey Specter despite never actually attending law school.
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